Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Chester Zoo At Last!

We went to Chester Zoo today. The weather forecast was good and it was the only day we had between now and going on holiday where we had nothing to do, apart from meeting the Vicar at 5pm, so we booked our tickets on-line last night. 

I can't exactly remember the last time we went to Chester Zoo, possibly when Thomas was little, but I don't remember it being as busy as it was today. I'm sure the whole of the north west had decided to visit.
We were given a map that none of us really wanted to read, so we did a bit of aimless wandering for 20 minutes before finally getting our act together and following the trail.

It was quite hot and a lot of the animals were lay down asleep, (makes you wonder who's got the brains really, them or us). It was also pretty hard to get a photograph of anything, people were stood shoulder to shoulder which made bending arms to take a snap pretty difficult. 

I did manage to get a good shot of the chimpanzees though. I don't know what was going on with them today but they weren't half arguing with each other. There was full on slapping, pushing, glass banging and teeth baring. It was fascinating to watch them all squabbling, I'd love to know what it was all about.
Janice left a comment saying she has a photo of herself as a little girl in the 1950's feeding the elephants. There's nothing like that allowed these days but you can be a zookeeper for a day if you're over 18 and have £250 to spare!
I'd have liked to look around Oakfield House but there was a wedding on. It was bought for £3,500 in 1930 by George Mottershead who started the zoo. As lovely as the house is I'm not sure about using it as a wedding venue. Can you make out the wedding party on the right hand side? They were sat having drinks on the patio with just a rope separating them from the public who were just a few feet away from them on the grass eating their picnics. 
And here's the man himself. I did wonder what he would make of the zoo these days. Would he find it too commercialised or would he be happy that the zoo attracted so many visitors and played an important part in conservation. Maybe he would think a little bit of both.
This baby giraffe is one of 3 that have been born in the last 8 months. Their species is the most endangered of the giraffes so the zoo must be thrilled that 3 have been born in such a short space of time.
Because we'd booked our tickets late yesterday the fast track pass for the new Islands wasn't available. After seeing the standard queue for the boats we decided it was too hot and the queue too long to stand there waiting, so we missed that part out.

On our way out though we did see this rhino and Thomas hit the nail on the head when he said "it's so majestic looking".
We were shattered when we got in. Amy went straight to bed and was asleep in 5 minutes and Thomas lay on the settee watching TV.

No winding down for us though. A quick coffee to perk us up and then the Vicar arrived to discuss the funeral. It didn't take too long as we've had plenty of time to sort out music, readings, prayers etc so we spent most of her visit catching up on news from school and church.

I'm just about to settle down now with a brew ready to watch The Great British Bake Off, which is a perfect ending to a lovely day. Although if I'm truthful there were just too many people for it to be 100% enjoyable and I much preferred my more laid back fruit picking trip.



  1. I'll save the zoo for the winter, I think. Probably Boxing Day again!

    1. I think you've got the right idea Angel Jem. It was really busy and we won't be in a rush to do it again any time soon and certainly not in the summer holidays! xx

  2. I'm glad you got out for the day, but all those people would have done my head in!

    1. Haha, I knew as soon as we were parking it was going to be packed. We arrived about 10.45 and there were hundreds of cars there already. I think Thomas had had enough half way around as well. It did make me realise I much prefer quieter days out. Take me fruit picking any time. xx

  3. yeah, lots of people tend to spoil things a bit, I agree. Pleasurewood Hills was good this year, the day we went it was overcast with showers predicted, so people stayed away. As it turned out there was only one shower to speak of towards the end of the day, so it worked out well for Violet getting on all the rides quickly.

    Glad you had a good day out.

    Loving the Bake Off this year. Do you have a favourite yet? x

  4. It's the queuing and shuffling along that gets to me after a while. I don't mind one queue to get where I'm going but get fed up with having to queue for everything. The other thing that really annoys me is adults who think nothing of squeezing into a tiny gap so a child who's got a pretty rubbish view already, then ends up looking at the back of somebody's legs. I just want to say "for god's sake grow up".

    Mmm the Bake Off, let me think. I quite like the fire-fighter but not keen on the prison officer, so it's definitely not a uniform thing haha. I also like Nadiya. How about you? xx